So here’s the update on Mom’s surgery, for those who wondered. No, it was not a miracle fix. In fact, something didn’t go quite right. I won’t say it went wrong exactly, but the result isn’t what was anticipated, and somehow, during the recovery, something shifted in a way that it wasn’t supposed to. I’m not sure exactly. I wasn’t at the appointment, so I’ve only heard the news second-hand, but I know that things aren’t exactly on track.
So now what?
Now there’s a new appointment with a new doctor to try a new “procedure” to fix that which went awry. It’s to be done in the office, and a few days later Mom will be evaluated again to see if the procedure was effective at getting things back on track.
If it was, great. She can continue healing and hopefully the end result with be all good.
If it wasn’t, no so great. It will mean a second surgery, and it sounds like this one will be more involved than the first one.
“Maybe I’ll schedule it for Christmas break, if it has to be done,” said Mom. Oh. Christmas seems like a long time away. Shouldn’t it be done soon? I don’t know. I’m not there. I wasn’t at the appointment.
I feel guilty about that. I live 2,000 miles away. I can’t help. At least not in a go to appointments, run to the grocery store, pick up eye drops at CVS kind of way.
We won’t know until the end of next week what the next steps are, but I feel awful that I can’t take her to the “procedure” appointment on Tuesday or the follow-up on Friday. Fortunately she has many good people in her life who are able and willing to step forward to help, but I would rather it was me.
If you happen to think of it, a positive word for Mom and her doctors would be appreciated. Thanks for listening, internet, you are too kind.
October 22, 2017 at 4:46 pm
I’m so sorry…. I have been away from my blogging world and blogging friends for too long, and now that I am back and trying to catch up, I am sad to see what has been difficult for people. Wishing you and your Mom only the best.
October 22, 2017 at 7:12 pm
I’m so glad you’re back. Thanks for your encouragement.
October 23, 2017 at 3:56 pm
I missed it here…. I had a long and winding road away, but now I’m back!
October 23, 2017 at 2:10 am
Thinking about you and your mom. Such a difficult thing to try to help parents who try to be independent when you’re far away. Very frustrating!!
October 23, 2017 at 6:08 am
It really is. Thanks for the kind words.
October 24, 2017 at 7:40 am
It’s hard to be so far away but I am sure your mom knows how much you are thinking of her. Sending you both lots of love and prayers from my heart to yours. May all go well!
October 24, 2017 at 4:28 pm
Gale, you always know just what to say. Thank you, from both of us.